Recent legal issues and security breaches have left consumers and healthcare providers alike questioning the benefits of electronic medical records. Designed to improve accuracy in patient care and eliminate medical errors, EMRs have instead exposed millions of consumers to identity theft and caused significant lapses in medical care due to inaccurate or incomplete recordkeeping.
If your provider uses EMRs, here are some tips to help you ensure your information remains accurate and secure:
- Maintain your own records. Keep a list of your health issues and any treatments you’ve had or medications you’ve used for review with your doctor, especially new care providers.
- Ask questions. When something doesn’t sound right, say something. This is your health, after all, so don’t be reticent about voicing your concerns, especially before signing consent forms for medical treatments.
- Check your records yourself. Ask your provider for a copy of your medical records, and review them for errors. You may be able to check these records online for free, or you may be charged a fee for a hard copy.
- Keep everyone updated. If you have a change in medication, undergo a procedure or have tests performed, make sure all your doctors — and not just the doctor who prescribed the medicine or test — know about any changes and new data.
- Check the Department of Health and Human Services website for a list of breaches affecting 500 or more people to see whether you may have been affected.
Being more proactive about your health records is important for your care and your security, and it can also make you a more educated patient who’s better prepared to ask important questions that could have a lasting impact on your health.
Contact qualified D.C. medical malpractice attorneys for insight into your potential case.